Source:savannanews24.com/Rafiq Abdulai :
The Minority caucus in Parliament says the Northern Regional administration and the Regional Minister, Hon Salifu Saeed must explain how come an excavator from the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, RCC survived the burning of several equipment last week by the Military.
Armed military personnel set ablaze 14 tipper trucks, an excavator, 4 motorbikes and a dredging engine used for sand winning activities in Afa yili in the kumbungu district of the northern region.
It has emerged that there was a government excavator in Afa yili prior to the burning of several properties but survived the military torch.
Member of Parliament for Tamale South and Minority Leader Hon Haruna Iddrisu who led the delegation on a fact finding mission to the area wondered why an excavator belonging to Northern Regional Coordinating Council was sparred in the Military terror.
“What is more important as a fact finding team is that, there was a government excavator taking part in this exercise how come it survived this unacceptable dastardly act. We the NDC government brought that excavator, we know it. We are aware they brought it here for purpose of supporting some NPP youth”.
Hon Haruna Iddrisu also noted with deep concern that the act by the military indicates government was disrespectful to traditional authorities since they could have liaise with them to solve the matter.
The minority leader maintained his side in Parliament will pursue the matter to the latter.
“The military have acted in a manner which is extra judicial, wicked, undermines livelihood and in a manner that denies persons legitimate employment and legitimate right to livelihood hence we will seek redress in the law court”.
The minority leader however urged the tipper truck owners to remain calm and law abiding.
The leadership of the tipper truck Union in Tamale maintained they will however continue their sit down strike until they get a positive news from government.
During a courtesy call on the kumbungu chief, Naa Alhaji Iddrisu Abu ll said he was unaware of the military terror. He however supported calls for a full scale investigation in to the matter.
The minority also paid a courtesy call on the chief of Dalung, Naa Alhaji Mahama Hamidu disclosed sand winning activities were no longer happening within his jurisdiction after the regional minister Hon Salifu Sa-eed had moved sand winners to Afa yili for polluting the Nawuni river.
Other members of the minority delegation included Hon Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem, Hon Alhassan Suhuyini, Hon Inusah Fuseini and MP for the area Ras Mubarak.